Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
Writing a novel is like heading out over the open sea in a small boat. It helps, if you have a plan and a course laid out.
Begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find that you have created - nothing.
I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.
The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.
My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
...Don't let me ever hear you say, 'I can't read fiction. I only have time for the truth.' Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of 'literature'? That means fiction, too, stupid.
The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes
It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.
Anecdotes don't make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any.
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